Will Run for Hugs

Our last race in September…Jill (far right) won’t be here, but Shelly (far left) will be running her first full marathon on Saturday!

I am running the Memphis Half Marathon on Saturday. I’ll be wearing bib number 9118. It seemed like a great idea in May when I signed up. Now, it doesn’t seem like such a great idea. I feel fat, lazy and otherwise not interested. How’s that for a positive attitude? And, I’m feeling good right now.

Good luck to Shelly Martin in her first full marathon!

It’s going to be 13.1 miles in a local race that raises money for St. Jude, the world-renowned Children’s Hospital. I have not really run in two months. I ran a half marathon at the end of September in Nashville, and I was barely ready for that. I decided to just run it for fun and take pictures and talk to people along the way. This may be a repeat of that experience. The only difference may be that I walk a little more. The first time I ever did a race for charity was in Jacksonville FL when I was about 24. A bunch of us gals decided to do a walk for some charity. Halfway through, we decided to chuck it and took a bus home. I wish the bus service was better in Memphis. I can always take a cab, I guess.

Training for a half marathon takes time. I do it the easy way. I run 3 times a week. Twice during the week, I run for 45 minutes to an hour. On the weekends, I run a long run of increasing distances. I run with the Jeff Galloway run/walk method because its easier on my 51 year old body. I’m not trying to run fast, although I’ve run faster doing the run/walk plan than I ever did running all the way through. Plus, I just feel better at the end. I’ve run a full marathon and gone shopping afterwards. If I’d run it all the way through with no walk breaks, I probably would have been in bed.

Jascia and I ran a race on the beach in Costa Rica.

My friend Jascia from Women’s Quest is coming to run the race with me. She never trains for this stuff, she says. But, she did just run a full marathon a month or so ago. She’s ahead of me. Jessica, my fellow blogger and personal trainer is coming in from Austin to run. I know she’s ready. I’ve followed her training program on her blog, and she’s 25. When I was 25, I probably could have done it without training.

The longest run I’ve done in two months is 10 miles, and that was several weeks ago. Two weeks ago, I was on vacation, and I was active, but I didn’t do much running. Last week I stuffed myself at Thanksgiving with my family and ate a bunch of junk. I’m still recovering from that. In addition, I smoked a bunch of cigarettes…I can’t believe I did that, but I did. I was visiting with my old college roommate, and that’s what we used to do, smoke and talk. So, we re-enacted our college days. I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt me, but I’ll accept the consequences if it does. It was fun.

I’m also tired. I’ve been traveling a lot for work for the past two months which is the core reason I haven’t kept up with my exercise schedule. I don’t sleep well when I’m under stress, and traveling is stressful for me. I like routine, especially in regards to my meals and sleep schedule. I got acupuncture last night, and that has helped my energy level somewhat, but I woke up dog-tired this morning. It was not a good feeling.

So…I haven’t been sleeping right, eating right, doing yoga, doing my strength training, running or resting properly. It doesn’t look good for Saturday. I’ll need to focus on getting through the distance without an injury and just enjoying the race. I’m looking forward to running through the St. Jude Campus which is always a real tearjerker. The kids and their families line up and high five you as you run through. Come to think of it, they aren’t whining nearly as much as I am, and this is my own damn fault. They didn’t do anything to deserve what’s going on with them.

I’m running another half marathon in February in Austin. I plan to be in shape for that one. This year, I decided early on I was going to enjoy my life and not get caught up in a bunch of “shoulds”. And, I have. I’ve had a great time. I’ve played my ass off. I won’t do well in the race on Saturday. Who cares? I’ll party with Jascia, Jessica and the rest of my local friends running the race. Monday, I’ll start training for Austin. Well, maybe I’ll start Tuesday. I have to fly to Lakeland Monday for work. Whatever….just showing up is 80% of the battle. If you’re in Memphis, yell at me and give me a hug during the race. Besides, you are not going to be able to drive anywhere. The roads will be all f**ked up. I’ll need the motivation, and you certainly aren’t going to slow me down. I’ll be inching across the finish line slower than a snail, but I’ll be smiling. See you there!!

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